Oops, I’ve done it again! I’ve welcomed more painted pillars into my living room. Real talk: decorating with columns might just be my favorite thing. These babies are called by several different names: pillars, columns, pedestals. Apparently, “pillars” describe them when they’re used decoratively. “Columns” describe them in architecture, when they serve a purpose and hold things up.
A wise man named William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I don’t know about you, but that line really speaks to me.
A few months back we got a new electric fireplace to survive the winter. The fireplace is much taller than our previous setup, and as you can see, the pillars I had on each side now look tiny. Let me show you how I fixed that.
What You’ll Need
- set of plaster pillars (available at At Home, or Hobby Lobby)
- 2 cans of spray paint
- a glass table top for each decorate column if you’re making them into side tables (also found at Hobby Lobby or At Home)
- clear mounting tape if you’re making them into side tables
What You’ll Do
First, you’ll need your pillars. These come in the basic plaster white, and a lot of you may choose to leave them this way. Also, you can order them online. My personal style is that dark, high-gloss look. No prepping was involved so as soon as we got back, I dragged them to the back yard for the painting.
Overall the painting is pretty straight-forward: spray until you’re content with how it looks! If you’d like, you can even add a clear acrylic coat. My choice: glossy black.
For a unique and eye-catching paint job, try using this technique.
I needed to find a way to stick the glass tops to the decorative columns to avoid a disaster.
Clear mounting tape was nowhere to be found locally, so I resorted to using velcro for the time being. I ordered some online as the white strips are an eyesore. Let me tell you, it looks so much better with the clear mounting tape. Please, wait for the clear mounting tape to arrive!